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Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 23, 2014 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire Technology

Test System Setup

 

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, and Corsair.

 

We have a bunch of cards here in our graphs today starting off with the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC. Sitting below that, we have the AMD R9 270X 2GB, and above, we have the HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo we recently looked at. Moving up, we've also included the AMD R9 290X 4GB running in "Uber Mode".

 

While we would normally leave it at that for the AMD side of things, we've also included the recently looked at HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB running at 1100MHz on the core and 5700MHz QDR on the memory.

 

The main reason we've chosen to include this particular card is because it's the first card to use some of our new benchmarks that have been added recently. This means that the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC won't be sitting in these graphs all by itself.

 

As for the NVIDIA side of things, we've included just two cards. The first is the reference GTX 770 2GB, while the other is the ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum 3GB OC.

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we have some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

 

 

Why are some graphs incomplete?

 

Adding new game benchmarks is a long, tedious and time consuming task as every video card has to be re-tested in those new benchmarks. Because of that reason we have always just evaluated our benchmark line up every six months. To stay up to date and current with the latest benchmarks and games available, we've changed our approach to adding new benchmarks.

 

Our benchmark line up will progress and be updated as newer more intensive games with benchmarks comes to light. While this will mean that initially you may only see a single video card in those particular graphs, as the weeks go on and we test more and more video cards, the results will grow quickly. This will help keep our benchmark line up as up to date as possible as we introduce and remove games on a constant basis.

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